“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;” (Luk 18:1).
The Lord Jesus taught perseverance in prayer. Don’t faint, He says. That is, learn not to lose heart or not to run out gas too early. Simply put, learn to persevere. If you’ve not learnt perseverance, you’ve not learnt to pray. The reason is simple- you won’t always feel like praying. This is why a man who hasn’t learnt to persevere in prayer is not truly ready to build a prayer culture.
To persevere means to maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty or discouragement. There are many excuses not to pray, but a man who perseveres prays in spite of them. Paul charged the church at Colossae thus: “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2). ‘Continue’ here speaks of perseverance.
To the Ephesians, Paul says: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” (Ephesians 6:18). Clearly, perseverance is an important attitude to have when we pray. The word rendered “watch” means, literally, to abstain from sleep; then to be vigilant, or to guard against danger. Let’s persevere in prayer.
Further reading: Matthew 26:40-41